WWE's TLC event certainly gave people an abundance of things to talk about. There was the good, the bad and the downright weird. With this in mind, let’s have a look at the most significant things to occur on the show.
John Cena kept his title shot
After a mess of a match—the bout had to be restarted, and there was enough outside interference to make even Vince Russo blush—John Cena gave Seth Rollins an Attitude Adjustment through a table to pick up the win.
So Cena kept his title shot and is now heading for yet another clash with Brock Lesnar at next month's Royal Rumble event.
While not wholly surprising, the result was disappointing. Cena vs. Lesnar isn't a hugely appealing match; it's just been done too many times before. It can garner nothing but feelings of indifference and boredom.
Another letdown: Seth Rollins' loss marked a minor setback for his career as he attempts to navigate his way to the top of the company. He truly could have gained a lot from a win over the top star on the roster, but alas, it was just not meant to be.
Something WWE made clear at TLC: For better or worse, it's sticking with Cena in main events for the foreseeable future. This isn't necessarily a terrible thing, but it likely has fans everywhere sighing into their popcorn.
Roman Reigns returned
Roman Reigns made his return at the show when he attacked The Authority and helped Cena defeat Rollins. While his momentum may have stalled over the past few months due to injuries and one or two dismal interviews, Vince McMahon looks to still be solidly behind the performer. He received the VIP treatment here.
Whether Reigns can live up to WWE's hopes remains to be seen.
He has everything one could for to be a major main event star—except, crucially, a solid and lasting connection with the fans.
Dolph Ziggler stole the show
Dolph Ziggler delivered a phenomenal performance at TLC en route to winning back his Intercontinental Championship from Luke Harper. With his crazy bump-taking ability and wonderfully innovative move set, the star came off very much like a young Shawn Michaels.
Bleeding, exhausted and hurt, Ziggler nonetheless managed to fight through to grab his title, much to the delight of his hometown crowd in Cleveland. This was a tremendous and gusty showing from the star, as he proved once again that he is one of the best wrestlers on the planet.
Now let’s just hope the McMahons appreciate his effort and book him strongly going forward.
WWE still doesn't know how to book Dean Ambrose
At Hell in a Cell, a hologram distracted Dean Ambrose and cost him the win. At TLC, it was an exploding television monitor that led to his loss.
All of this begs the question: Why does technology have it in for Ambrose? What next? Will Ambrose be on the verge of winning the Royal Rumble next month only for an advanced sentient robot to perform a run-in and attack him?
Unsurprisingly, many fans took to Twitter after the show to mock the bizarre—and unintentionally hilarious—development.
So, yeah: Pretty much no one took this ending seriously.
WWE has badly botched its booking of Ambrose over the last few months, and Sunday night’s antics were just the icing on the cake. Ambrose—and his army of fans—really do deserve better than this nonsense.